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Games 2018, 9(2), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/g9020036

Explaining Public Goods Game Contributions with Rational Ability

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School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München, Alte Akademie 12, 85354 Freising, Germany
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Department of Economics, 1601 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
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RAND Corporation, 4570 Fifth Ave #600, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
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Received: 19 March 2018 / Revised: 5 June 2018 / Accepted: 6 June 2018 / Published: 10 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Good Games)
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Abstract

As the link between psychology and economics has grown, so too has research on the link between personality traits and economic behavior. We build on this previous work, bringing to light the relationship between personality traits and contributions in a one-shot public goods game. We find that contributions to the public good are smaller for rational participants as measured by the Rational-Experiential Inventory—revised 40 (REI-40) item scale. We find no effect on contributions for the measures of the Big Five personality traits or the remaining measures from the REI-40. View Full-Text
Keywords: public good; cooperation; psychological traits; REI-40; Big Five public good; cooperation; psychological traits; REI-40; Big Five
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Lang, H.; DeAngelo, G.; Bongard, M. Explaining Public Goods Game Contributions with Rational Ability. Games 2018, 9, 36.

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